How to Remove Rust Stains From Tub

cleaning 04.19.16
Although this is not our area of expertise, we thought we'd pass on this information that was tested by our employees. They are always talking about their own home repairs and we thought this was an interesting topic and solution.

Rust in the bathroom is usually the result of two related situations. Either iron-containing metals in your bathroom fixtures have begun to rust OR your mineral-rich water supply contains iron particles and has begun to stain areas where water runs. This happens even with a porcelain tub as two of our employees found out.

Bleach and Tilex made the rust stains worse and they sparked another chemical reaction, creating more rust stains on the non-skid surface on the tub floor. Other products that either made things worse or didn't work at all: Lysol, toilet bowl cleansers, Soft Scrub, Goof Off, Awesome, Comet, Simple Green, Mean Green, Magic Eraser and CLR,

However, we found 2 things that really worked: Clorox2 and Hydrogen Peroxide. The Clorox2 worked best and required less scrubbing. Just pour either product on the stain and let it sit. Then scour gently with a damp sponge and rinse. If the stains are really bad you may have to repeat the process twice.

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  • Lucyfly9
    lucyfly9 Seattle, WA
    CLR
  • User
    Touch on the blue dots "..." And the answer comes up hydrogen peroxide or clorox2 were the ones that worked! They do say what not to try as it made it worse!
  • Ricardo Martinez Ramos
    Ricardo Martinez Ramos United Kingdom
    Vinegar works every time for me. even better combined with any limescale toilet cleaner like harpic (the blue sticky stuff you pour down your bowl) on a proportion of 6:1.
  • Fleming-Thomas Glenda
    Fleming-Thomas Glenda Arlington, TX
    Hydrogen peroxide
  • Joanne Mason
    Joanne Mason Morehead City, NC
    Vinegar and Baking Soda are almost flawless at this! Together they remove rust, soap scum, clean toilets bowls, vinegar added to an empty washing machine after the water fills up (then let it sit for two hours,) run it with detergent, and voila! Look up
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